Babes bring music of the Balkans to Providence chapel

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Ever wanted to hear the words "I love you" in Croatian?

Balkan Babes could be whispering them in your ears Sunday.

The Babes, a nine-woman vocal ensemble from Victoria, is bringing "the beautiful, haunting sounds of the Balkans" to Cowichan this weekend.

In celebration of their new CD Volio, the Babes will be doing a concert in the intimate and acoustically warm space of the Chapel at Providence Farm.

"The Babes are dedicated to both the intricate music of the Balkan region, and to the challenging and highly rewarding process of being a collective, with no director," the group's promo material reads. "The Babes are drawn to the penetrating harmonies, asymmetric rhythms, unusual ornamentations and powerful emotions that characterize the rich and timeless folk music of Eastern Europe."

From a humble beginning as a grass-roots community singing group, Balkan Babes has evolved into a national award-winning, performance-oriented vocal ensemble.

In 2008 the Babes stepped onto the national stage as first place winners in the Pan Cultural Traditions category of CBC Radio 2’s biennial amateur choral competition, ‘Choral 2008’. The following year they were invited to participate in Elektra’s International Tapestry of Women’s choirs.

The release of Volio follows the 2008 release of Divna, hailed by John Threlfall of Monday Magazine as "an entrancing album of world music from one of the city's much-loved choirs."

The music will start 2 p.m.  Sunday, Feb. 3, 1843 Tzouhalem Road. Tickets are $12 at the door and may be reserved by emailing gencharb@gmail.com. For more, call 250-732-6146, or visit their website.



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